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Hospitality & Restaurants

What the ADA Says About Service Animals in Hotels

From the blind to the hearing impaired, a number of people require the assistance of a service animal. These animals can aid with mobility issues, alert the hearing impaired, guide the visually impaired, and perform tasks that a disabled person cannot. However, some establishments, like hotels, fall behind on the rights of these individuals. Brushing…

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Balancing Worker Safety and Customer Demands

Municipalities and businesses across the United States have enacted mask mandates in an effort to quell the spread of the coronavirus. Despite that, a handful of Americans refuse to comply, raising the question of enforcement. While some local governments fine those who violate public health guidelines, the routes for recourse for businesses are unclear. How…

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Are Ski Resorts Liable for Accidents on the Slopes?

From New England to the Rocky Mountains, the United States is home to countless ski resorts. A popular winter activity, skiing is a great way to get some exercise and enjoy the winter. However, skiing can be very dangerous, with some accidents resulting in fatal injuries. What happens when injuries occur on the slopes at…

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The Changing Face of the Hotel Umbrella Market

The tight insurance market without question has hit the hospitality industry, including the Excess/Umbrella space. In addition, COVID-19 has brought significant challenges for the hotel industry as it struggles to gain traction after being upended by the pandemic. We spoke with Sean Young, VP, Distinguished Hospitality Umbrella Product Manager, for some insight into the challenges…

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Why Hotels Should Have High Umbrella Limits

The massive verdicts making headline news during the last several years have been a wake-up call for many hotel clients to ensure they carry enough Excess/Umbrella Liability coverage to protect against catastrophic losses. But the reality is that most large hotel liability losses are not the result of headline-making events or incidents, like the mass…

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Safety Guide: Holiday Travel during Covid

This holiday season, travel safety comes with a long list of pandemic-related restrictions, advisories, and recommendations by airlines and states as COVID-19 cases continue to surge. Before making plans – whether you’re getting on a plane or in a car to see family and friends or taking a vacation – be sure you are well…

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Distinguished Rebrands Hospitality Umbrella Program to Reflect Different Niche Markets

Distinguished Programs has been insuring the hospitality industry for more than 25 years, providing high-limit Excess/Umbrella Liability coverage to protect against catastrophic losses. To better serve our agency partners looking for an Umbrella home for their accounts, we’ve rebranded our programs to reflect each market within the hospitality sector.

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Specialty Insurance and Why Your Restaurant Clients Need It

Do your commercial clients really need specialty insurance? If it’s available, the answer is YES. The beauty of a specialty program is that insurance liability professionals with in-depth domain expertise have already put together coverage that is designed specifically for your type of client. 

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Restaurant Winterization Amid COVID

With months of shut down, public anxiety over dining out, and capacity limitations, the restaurant industry has been among those most affected by COVID-19. This year has undoubtedly been challenging, but luckily the industry has been able to get creative and continue operating — from expanding patios into nearby streets or pivoting to an entirely…

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Water Conservation Tips for Buildings

It’s a no-brainer: Water=Life. We need it, we use it, but we have to conserve it better. Commercial and residential buildings can have a huge impact on water conservation with just a handful of low-cost or no-cost water solutions.

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